Cultivate Dance Festival at The White Mountain School 8/19 & 8/20

A cutting edge dance festival comes to The White Mountain School.

Cultivate Dance Festival at The White Mountain School August 19-20, 2011
By Katherine Ferrier, Cultivate Director/Curator

Cultivate, founded in 2010 by Littleton-based dance and visual artist Katherine Ferrier, is a dance festival presented with support from the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.   A grass-roots effort to enrich the local community by presenting cutting edge dance and performance to an area of the country that might not otherwise have access to it, Cultivate aims to help grow a local tradition of performance support by creating a space for contemporary dance to take root, develop and flourish, as well as to encourage a dialog to develop between artists and audiences.
On August 19 – 20, we offer 11 inspiring workshops:
The robust Cultivate program includes a range of workshops led by an acclaimed faculty of guest-artists from all over the country.  There’s something for everyone here from technical classes for the serious dancer (No-Fuss Ballet, Initiation and Follow-Through), to workshops geared towards beginners (Mindful Moving, Embodied Democracy), to training for elementary, middle and high school educators looking to incorporate movement  into their curriculum (Dance in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Teachers), to classes for dancers and non-dancers ages 8-12 (Kid’s Class! Leap, Tumble, and Roll). 
Two distinct full evenings of contemporary dance performance at
7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th at The
White Mountain School Black Box Theatre, featuring:
Analia Alegre-Femenias (Iowa/ Puerto Rico)
Katherine Kiefer Stark (Philadelphia, PA)
Selene Colburn (Burlington, VT)
Paul Benney (Brooklyn, NY)
Pamela Vail (Lancaster, PA)
Katherine Ferrier (Littleton, NH)
Vicki Brown (Tucson, AZ)
Amy Barr (Iowa City, IA)
Kathy Couch (Northampton, MA)
Rebecca Bryant (West Lafayette, IN)
Don Nichols (West Lafayette, IN)
Olase Freeman (Providence, RI)
Kathryn McNamara (Providence, RI)
Sara Smith (Amherst, MA)
Sarah Baumert (Boston, MA)
Kitty Clark (West Virginia)
Amanda Hamp (Decorah, IA)
Tori Lawrence (Philadelphia, PA)
Emily Anderson (North Conway, NH)
We also offer time to relax, meet and mingle with the artists and nourish community…
Cultivate is distinct from other arts festivals in its focus on creating a forum for artists and audiences to meet, linger and mingle.  Both evening performances are followed by an Artist/Audience Linger + Mingle (at Cold Mountain Café on Friday, August 19 and at Terra on Main on Saturday, August 20) Saturday’s program also features a lunchtime mingle and visit to the local farmer’s market as well as an artist-led walking tour of Bethlehem.
How can you be a part of Cultivate? 
    Check out the Cultivate website here:  (
    Register for classes, buy tickets to performances or get your Fest Pass here: ( singe performance $10/single class $25
    Help spread the word by forwarding this to all the dancers, dance lovers, movers and shakers in your address book!
Cultivate is presented in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire‘s “Extending the Dance Map” initiative, which aims to bring dance to rural schools in northern New England. “Extending the Dance Map” is supported in part by the Dana Foundation and by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
To learn more about Cultivate ,  for a complete schedule or to purchase tickets for performances and workshops, please visit
Hope you can join us in August!

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